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Mentorship, Leadership, and Research

Their Place within the Social Science Curriculum

  • Michael Snowden
  • Jamie P. Halsall
  • Dynamic, pedagogically informed resource for educators and practitioners

  • Up-to-date, realistic solutions to contemporary pedagogical challenges

  • An opportunity to develop curricular excellence in the world of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

  • Presents a model of cross-disciplinary thinking


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Michael Snowden, Jamie P. Halsall
    Pages 1-11
  3. Denis Hyams-Ssekasi, Elizabeth Frances Caldwell
    Pages 47-59
  4. Michael Snowden, Jamie P. Halsall
    Pages 61-70
  5. Dexter du Boulay
    Pages 91-106
  6. Michael Snowden
    Pages 117-128
  7. Sarah Falcus, Christopher Cameron, Jamie P. Halsall
    Pages 129-145
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 147-150

About this book


This insightful volume details the implementation and challenges of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), developed in the UK to ensure equal access to higher education for all social classes. It posits that a modern higher education institution requires a robust set of mechanisms - specifically mentorship, leadership, and research - to create high-quality teaching and learning. Noted contributors pose and answer key questions about the TEF in such areas as solution-focused teaching, mentoring for the job market, and social science curriculum development, using best practice examples in the field. These ideas and strategies carry great potential to improve the caliber of teaching and learning in universities, and with it, students’ social mobility.

Among the topics covered:

  •         Why have mentoring in universities? Reflections and justifications.
  •         Working with students as partners: developing peer mentoring to enhance the undergraduate student experience.
  •         The employers’ reach: mentoring undergraduate students to enhance employability.
  •         Learn it and pass it on: strategies for educational succession.
  •         Mentoring mentees to mentor.
  •         Interdisciplinarity in higher education: the challenges of adaptability.   

Mentorship, Leadership, and Research will play a pivotal role in UK higher education since currently there is scant academic literature on practical tools to help universities to succeed at the TEF. A resource with international implications, it should interest sociologists of education and professionals in business strategy and leadership, social work, and community development.

Michael Snowden is a Senior Lecturer in Mentoring Studies at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

 Jamie P. Halsall is a Reader in Social Sciences at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

"Given the recent introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in the United Kingdom, this timely book outlines effective practices to help earn the “Gold” standard.  While considering TEF within the current climate of academic competition and critical evaluation, a diverse group of experts lay out why mentoring is one highly effective answer to the TEF standards and without compromising productivity in other service and research agendas. This book is a must read for academics and higher learning administrators alike."

Leda Nath, Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin


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Editors and affiliations

  • Michael Snowden
    • 1
  • Jamie P. Halsall
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Human and Health SciencesThe University of HuddersfieldHuddersfieldUK
  2. 2.School of Human and Health SciencesThe University of HuddersfieldHuddersfieldUK

About the editors

Michael Snowden is a senior lecturer in health and community studies in the School of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield. His research interests lie in the field of pedagogy, mentorship, curriculum enhancement, and learning. Michael is a regular speaker at national and international conferences concerned with the development of pedagogical strategies. Michael is currently the national coordinator for the flexible pedagogy group of the Universities Association for Life Long Learning and works in collaboration with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council to develop mentorship within higher education.

Jamie Halsall is a senior lecturer in social sciences in the School of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield. His research interests lie in the field of sociology of community. Jamie is currently a stream coordinator at the British Sociological Association for the Social Divisions/Social Identities. He is the book review and conference report editor for the international journal, Global Built Environment Review (GBER).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Mentorship, Leadership, and Research
  • Book Subtitle Their Place within the Social Science Curriculum
  • Editors Michael Snowden
    Jamie P. Halsall
  • Series Title International Perspectives on Social Policy, Administration, and Practice
  • Series Abbreviated Title Int.Perspect.on Social Policy, Administrat.,Practice
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-95446-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07039-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-95447-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XV, 150
  • Number of Illustrations 8 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Education
    Sociology of Education
    Business Strategy/Leadership
    Social Work and Community Development
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